Pedro Sampaio

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Here Are the Top 5 WordPress Plugins You Must Use For a Better Blogging Experience

Image Source<p>Bloggers who use Wordpress, beginners or pros alike, always face one question - what are the best plugins to use to optimize the performance of your website? WordPress has over 40,000 plugins - most free and some premium so it's understandable that the choices can be endless and as a …

How a failed education startup turned into Musical.ly, the most popular app you've probably never heard of

If you do, then you've probably already appeared in one of your kid's music videos.<p>The DIY music-video app first came on the scene in 2014, but exploded to the top of the App Store charts last summer. It hasn't fallen below the top 40 since. Often, it's swapping top places in the app store with …

Venture Capitalist: The Two Most Important SaaS Startup Metrics

Jason Lemkin, Managing Director of Storm Ventures, is one of the world's most popular and respected startup advisors. Lemkin's site SaaStr.com and companion blog on Quora (saastr.quora.com) has more than 10 million views, generating more than 1 million views per month around core …

'Don't Write Business Plans': Advice For Startups From One Of Silicon Valley's Top Seed Investors

“Don’t write business plans,” warns venture capitalist and angel investor, Dave McClure, of 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, McClure and many of his colleagues has a pedigree from Facebook and PayPal. His firm employs a “cast a wide net” approach, with a particular focus on emerging …

Venture Capital

20 successful entrepreneurs share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s

Mistakes are unavoidable, but the truly successful learn from these setbacks and move on all the wiser.<p>We asked entrepreneurs, including a few "Shark Tank" investors and the cofounders of popular retailer Warby Parker, to share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s.<p>Here's what they …

How to Raise a Ton of Money on Kickstarter and Make It Look Really Easy | Inc.com

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>After this article ran, Hiral Sanghavi successfully raised $9.2 million (from 44,949 backers), making the campaign one of the most successful crowdfunding projects in Kickstarter history.</i><p>Funny story: When I first thought about writing this article, I was going to call it something …

Make Yourself or Your Team More Creative in Just 15 Minutes | Inc.com

Manicures, groceries, lunch. On-demand services have shrunk our expectation for delivery of the things we desire to 15 minutes or less. Any longer and we're checking our watches and grousing about the service these days.<p>But what if you could get something more abstract--a quick hit of creative …

6 Insider Secrets for Creating Remarkably Shareable Content | Inc.com

Posting a piece of content to the Internet and having it go viral can seem like some odd combination of alchemy and luck. In fact, there's more science to it than you might think. That's good news because you can use that science to your advantage and create content that will get shared, and …

8 things you need to know about raising venture capital

If your startup is growing, at some point you will likely be seeking Venture Capital. Unlike angel investors, who typically write checks between 10K …

15 Retention Emails to Reduce Churn and Keep Your Customers Happy - Vero

en_US<p>article<p>Email isn’t the only way to retain customers but it’s low-hanging fruit for most businesses. While most customers stay …

Four Reasons Fear Is More Expensive Than Failure

Four reasons why worrying about failure may be costing you as much or more than actually trying and experiencing a miss.<p>Many, many people have written and spoken about how failure is part of the innovation and entrepreneurship process--those who really succeed expect to fail. They learn from …

What Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates Told Me About Getting Out of My Own Way | Inc.com

When I ask self-made billionaires what they wish they knew when they started out in business, one of the insights they most frequently share points to a common experience for all leaders when it comes to decision-making: They struggle to get out of their own way.<p>1. You don't get paid to make all …

Bill Gates

20 Things All Entrepreneurs Should Know About Angel Investors

Angel investors invest in early stage or start-up companies in exchange for an equity ownership interest. Angel investing in start-ups has been accelerating. High-profile success stories like Uber, WhatsApp, and Facebook have spurred angel investors to make multiple bets with the hopes of getting …

Venture Capital

Hate this Headline? You’ll Probably Share the Story.

I spent a chunk o’ time messing with the headline above.See, I want a lot of people to read this blog post. Bloggers generally attach great value to …

Infographics

The 10 Commandments of Leadership | Inc.com

A group of archaeologists digging through ancient corporate archives recently uncovered two mysterious tablets (aka "wall plaques") engraved with the following laws:<p>I. Thou shalt remain optimistic.<p>Since thy employees look to thee for leadership, thou must not let thy worries and concerns cast a …

Employment

How To (Kind Of) Hack Fundraising For Your Startup

And avoid killing yourself along the way.<p>Fundraising for an early stage startup can be a serious time consumer.<p>Like many other things in life, there …

Why the Way You Read Affects How Successful You Are | Inc.com

With the advent of text messages, emails, and other technology-based forms of communication, the way in which we--and our employees--read has more to do with both individual and business success than ever before. Do you read every word and pay close attention to the details and nuances, or do you …

Real Estate

Shark Tank Proven – Internet Marketing Strategies for Small Business Owners

As seen on “Shark Tank,” the hit ABC TV show, entrepreneurs who are struggling to raise capital or to obtain local business may build an online …

The 10 Most Popular New Businesses for Entrepreneurs to Start | Inc.com

Dreaming of starting a business and wondering what kind it should be? We can't answer that, but we can tell you the types of businesses other entrepreneurs are most interested in starting.<p>Every month, more than a million people visit Bplans and search among sample business plans for more than 500 …

Small Business

It Took a Tragedy for Me to Halve the Number of Hours I Worked and Double my Income | Inc.com

A few years back I found myself at a terrible crossroads. I was stuck in my business, working ridiculous hours, making no money, my relationship at the time was ending and then I got a phone call to say that my sister had literally dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 35.<p>My world wasn't …

What VCs Are Looking For In 2015

With a new year comes new resolutions and, for many entrepreneurs, that means a commitment to finally starting their own business or growing the one they already have. Of these, a lucky few will receive investment and strategic partnership from the likes of Erik Rannala, Managing Partner and …

Entrepreneurship

What This CEO Learned From Working With Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell | Inc.com

Tim Bucher, founder and CEO of a photo storage and sharing startup called Lyve, has had a long career in Silicon Valley, working directly with some of the brightest minds in tech, including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell.<p>Bucher's tech career started when he joined Sun Microsystems …

Three Reasons Big Companies Should Work With Security Startups

Companies spend millions of dollars on information security, but still fall victim to damaging cyberattacks. There are two main reasons for this. One, corporate information security is for the most part, still an arms race in which organizations rely on an arsenal of point products that, when …

Four Communications Trends in 2015

With all the options on the table today - paid media, social media, paid search, SEO, thought leadership, event marketing, cause marketing - which are the winners?<p>Even ten years ago, no one could have predicted the speed and clutter of communications businesses face every day. As a result, every …

15 Startup Podcasters You Need To Follow

Some of the best entrepreneurial stories are found in these online podcasts.<p>As an entrepreneur you will never stop learning. While there are plenty of articles, webinars, infographics, eBooks, etc. out there to assist with helping your startup grow, too many people are overlooking one of the most …

Debt Funding vs. Venture Capital: What Mix Is Right For Your Business? | Inc.com

When it comes to business financing, venture capital gets all of the attention. Not a day goes by without a headline announcing a new round of venture funding for a buzzy young startup.<p>But for entrepreneurs weaned on the flash of venture capital, debt funding often sounds old-fashioned at best. At …

Organization with org-mode: Getting Things Done Flow

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four<br>sharpening the axe. -Abraham Lincoln<p>I am a sucker for productivity tools and …

Productivity

9 Terrible Reasons To Start A Small Business

There are a lot of articles out there telling you to go forth and start a business! But the truth is, not everyone should start a business. If more of the 80 percent of small businesses that fail had but hesitated and considered why they were getting into business, we’d probably have fewer …

Small Business

8 Great, Bold, Stern and Wise Presentation Tips from the Supremes | Inc.com

You want to get ready for prime time as a persuasive speaker? Then read these instructions to lawyers, issued by the Supreme Court, on how to address the Justices. The rules are highly relevant for any business speaker who is addressing a group of senior decision makers.<p>Speak to be heard<p>The …

PwC's 18th Annual Global CEO Survey: Mobile, Data Mining & Analysis Most Strategically Important Technologies

81% of CEOs see mobile technologies for customer engagement as the most strategically important in 2015. 80% see data mining and analysis technologies as the most strategically important, followed by cybersecurity (78%), Internet of Things (IoT) (65%), socially-enabled business processes (61%) and …